podcasts

YouTube podcast plans could muddle things over at Google again

YouTube podcast plans could muddle things over at Google again

Although they have been around for years now, podcasts are becoming big again in the age of music streaming. Rivals Spotify and Apple are already gearing up for war, and even Amazon, which has its own Amazon Music subscription service, has jumped into the fray. It's no surprise, then, to hear that YouTube may be setting its sights on the market since it also does music streaming. Unfortunately, Google is no stranger to podcasts, and the confusion that might ensue could open up old wounds over the Google Play Music fiasco.

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Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify is helping its users in some markets find new podcasts they're likely to enjoy based on their tastes. The company has introduced a new recommendation tool called Find the One that asks users to answer a few questions, then shows them a podcast show recommendation they may enjoy based on their music preferences.

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Marvel’s scripted and unscripted podcasts get Apple Podcasts channel

Marvel’s scripted and unscripted podcasts get Apple Podcasts channel

In October 2019, it was announced that Marvel would bring several podcasts exclusively to the SiriusXM and Pandora audio platforms, giving fans access to both scripted and unscripted content based on hit superheroes and the wider Marvel universe. Fast-forward nearly two years and SiriusXM is back with an update on this effort, noting that it now has a Marvel podcast channel on Apple Podcasts.

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Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Next week, Universal's UCP Audio (also called USG Audio) group will release a new podcast called The Followers: Madness of Two that focuses on prophets, doomsday prepping, and how seemingly ordinary, sensible people can get sucked into the absurd. The podcast will focus on the story of two people and the disappearance of their kids, as well as digging in to the why questions behind the drama.

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The Ringer and WWE are bringing original wrestling podcasts to Spotify

The Ringer and WWE are bringing original wrestling podcasts to Spotify

The Ringer, which now serves as a Spotify studio following the company's acquisition, has teamed up with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to launch a new series of original podcasts. The collaboration will bring a refreshed version of "The Masked Man Show," according to Spotify, as well as multiple other efforts.

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HBO Max podcasts expand with Batman and other scripted audio shows

HBO Max podcasts expand with Batman and other scripted audio shows

HBO Max has big plans for its podcast, with parent company WarnerMedia announcing an expansion that includes original, scripted podcast shows. Thus far, the company has focused on companion podcasts for its hit shows like Chernobyl; the upcoming content will differ, instead offering listeners original scripted shows in audio format.

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NBA and iHeartMedia will produce 20 podcasts for basketball fans

NBA and iHeartMedia will produce 20 podcasts for basketball fans

The NBA is the latest sports league to team up with a major publisher to launch its own sports-centric podcast. The National Basketball Association will work with iHeartMedia under a multi-year partnership to launch more than 20 co-produced podcasts on the platform, the first of which is scheduled to arrive later this fall.

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Spotify What’s New update lets app target your FOMO

Spotify What’s New update lets app target your FOMO

Spotify added a "What's New" feed to their app, at long last. This is a page where users will find new releases from the artists they follow. Simple enough, yes? Should've probably been in the app for a long time now, right? This should drive a lot of traffic in Spotify beyond allowing users to see new tracks from their favorite artists and content creators too - because there's a bell, and a blue dot.

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Audio Up will turn classic Stephen King story into a dark, scripted podcast

Audio Up will turn classic Stephen King story into a dark, scripted podcast

Stephen King fans can rejoice: Audio Up has teamed with iHeartMedia to turn one of the author's older, lesser-known stories into a limited scripted podcast series. The audio show will include multiple voice actors, making it more of an audio dramatization than the kind of production one typically thinks of as a podcast.

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Pocket Casts acquired by WordPress owner Automattic: What will change?

Pocket Casts acquired by WordPress owner Automattic: What will change?

The people that own WordPress just acquired Pocket Casts. In a world where popular, widely used, and excellent apps and companies are acquired and destroyed all the time, this acquisition actually seems like a best-case scenario. Given the relatively reasonable and decidedly non-destructive nature of the company since inception, it seems likely Automattic won't take a knife to Pocket Casts in any major way after acquisition is complete.

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Clubhouse will be hosting exclusive TED chats

Clubhouse will be hosting exclusive TED chats

The past year and a half have seen many in-person events canceled, postponed, or moved online. Some organizations have even found themselves expanding to new venues and media. TED, famed for its inspiring and mind-opening talks, has long provided videos of those conferences across the world. Earlier this year, it embarked on a new audio-only format and is now partnering with the hottest audio-only social network to bring TED to Clubhouse chats.

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Facebook users will soon be able to directly stream podcast episodes

Facebook users will soon be able to directly stream podcast episodes

Facebook has alerted podcast creators to an upcoming feature that will enable them to directly and automatically share their new podcast episodes on their Facebook Page. Users will be able to stream the content directly on Facebook, according to the company, and newly added episodes will show up in followers' news feeds.

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